Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017
Spanish tourism and arts minister Charles Banda attended various high-level meetings with the UNWTO Secretariat and the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain yesterday (15th January). Banda will be accompanied by Permanent Secretary Stephen Mwansa, Director of Tourism in charge of the Department of Tourism Reuben Zulu, Zambia Tourism Agency Chief Executive Officer Felix Chaila, Hotel and Tourism Training Institute Trust Executive Director Dr Wilson Silungwe. Mr. Banda will also be joined by officials from the Zambian Mission in Paris to be headed by Zambia’s Ambassador accredited to Spain and Permanent Representative to UNWTO Humphrey Chibanda. The minister and his delegation will be in Madrid at the invitation of the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and the Spanish government to attend FITUR and INVESTOUR – Spanish international tourism fairs.
For sustainable economic development, Zambia will explore and leverage opportunities that will benefit Zambians and alleviate poverty. Zambia is also an active member of the UNWTO. Spain and Zambia would also seek to strengthen economic ties for mutual economic benefits. Mr Banda and his delegation has a busy schedule that includes a working reception at the Palace with all UNWTO member states Ministers of Tourism to be hosted by His Majesty the King of the Kingdom of Spain, His Majesty King Felipe VI. There will also be a working lunch reception to be hosted by Dr. Rifai in honour of the President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández and Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia who will be on a working visit to the UNWTO Headquarters. Mr. Banda will also be making a presentation on Zambia’s tourism industry investment opportunities at the 4th Zambia-Spain investment forum organised by the Zambian Mission in Paris in collaboration with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. The minister will hold meetings with Dr. Rifai and tour the UNWTO headquarters. At the bilateral level, the Minister is expected to hold meetings with his counterpart at the Spanish Ministry of Tourism and Energy to explore the possibility of signing a Tourism Memorandum of Understanding.